Time to “Age Out Loud”


You probably don’t view aging the same way you did when you were a child, or even as a young adult. That’s because getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals, and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best.

Barbara Hillary is an excellent example. A nurse for 55 years who dreamed of travel, Hillary became an adventurer and the first African-American woman to set foot on the North Pole when she was 75 years old. Four years later, in 2011, she set another first when she stepped onto the South Pole, becoming the first African-American woman to reach both poles. Former president George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving. Actress Betty White, now 95 years old, became the oldest person to host Saturday Night Live in 2010, coincidentally
during May—the same month recognized as
Older Americans Month.

Since 1963 when President John F. Kennedy encouraged all Americans to pay tribute to older people across the country, Older Americans Month has been a time to celebrate older Americans’ stories and contributions. This year’s theme is “Age Out Loud,” which emphasizes the ways older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence, and passion while serving as an inspiration to people of all ages.